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IBLC11-Abstract-Exploring the relative value of Clickers compared to alternative approaches to quizzes.
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13 May 2011
Author: Mrs Stella Williams
There are a number of published studies into the beneficial effects of classroom response systems, more commonly known as Clickers. Current literature provides evidence of the impact of Clickers on tackling conformity and shyness (Stowell, Oldham & Bennett, 2010), on understanding concepts covered in class (Lantz, 2010) and on exam performance (Shaffer & Collura, 2009). In addition, students report lectures utilising Clickers as more interactive, interesting and entertaining (Shaffer & Collura, 2009). Nevertheless, there appears to be a limited supply of information pertaining to the relative value of these systems in comparison to those methods (e.g., moodle quiz functions, paper based quizzes) previously employed to collect student responses which were also reported to have positive impacts in these areas (e.g. Yokomoto & Ware, 1997; Perera, Lokuge, Mudunkotuwa, Premarthne & Kularthna, 2009; Chen, Whittinghall & Kadlowec, 2010).
The aim of this research was to explore the relative benefits of introducing Clickers compared to pre existing quiz methods. This research consists of two stages. Firstly, the experiences of 40 student’s using Clickers during level 4 and level 5 seminars were explored via a qualitative questionnaire design, and comparisons between this tool and online moodle quizzes were invited. Drawing from student’s reports at stage one, a within groups design will explore levels of learning, in addition to changes in educational self esteem and self efficacy for topics using either Clickers or online moodle quizzes.
This poster will presenting the benefits identified by students in relation to using Clickers and will provide findings from objective measures of these perceived benefits for both Clickers and previously used moodle quiz functions. These findings will feed into research informing tutors of the benefits of competing facilities for enhancing the learning experience, as well as departments considering investing in these increasingly common apparatus.
Keywords: Individual response technology, Clickers, Moodle, effective instructing.